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Personal Goal Setting for Women

By Winsome Coutts

If anyone needs to use the valuable tool of goal setting in their lives it’s women. By nature, women have such busy lives full of career, family, community, and relationships, that it is easy to lose track of priorities and dreams. Goal setting is a wonderful way to protect your dreams and reach a high level of accomplishment in every aspect of your life.

How should a busy woman work goal setting into her life?

It probably seems like yet another “thing to do”, but goal setting will actually help to streamline your life as you define your priorities and values and begin to work from that point of reference. Fitting goal setting into your life does take an initial time investment, and then some consistent follow up, but in the long-run, you’ll be very glad that you did.

What are the steps to setting effective goals?

Your first step is to take time to think about your life, and all the facets of it. You have job, family, relationship, friends, hobbies, community service, education, diet and exercise, financial and spiritual aspects to your life. That’s a lot. And it’s possible that you are not completely content with each of them. Take stock of where you would like to see improvement or positive change. Ask yourself what is really important to you. Remember that someone else’s values and dreams are not going to be the same as yours, and the media should never be a way for you to gauge whether your life is good or not good. Make a detailed list of changes you want to make, and what you’d like to achieve.

Once you’ve taken a good look at all areas of your life and have your list, work through the next steps:

- Choose your goal(s). Be very specific. An example of a specific goal is: My goal is to complete my degree in Landscape Architecture by June 2011.

- Make it measurable – this means that you should be able to know how far you’ve come in reaching your goal and how far you have to go.

- Make the goal attainable – Attainable, yes. Easy, not necessarily. You’re goals should challenge you a bit. If they don’t you’re not learning and growing. When you find that you can reach a goal, you will be encouraged and empowered to set new, higher goals for yourself. The goal to be the political leader of a nation is one that very few reach, but it is attainable. More attainable is the goal of sitting with governing entities as a member of a cabinet or similar group. More attainable is becoming an elected member of your city council.

- The goal must be relevant – It’s important that the goal is relevant to your life and to what you care about. If it’s not, why are you bothering with it? Goal setting is about you.

- Your goal must be time-bound. Completing your degree by 2011 makes your goal time-bound. Without the boundary of time, you may be tempted to procrastinate and you may become discouraged.

What about motivation with your Goal Setting?

It’s easy to get distracted from goals in today’s busy world, and it’s sometimes easy to feel uninspired to keep going when you don’t see progress. The following can help motivation:

Set smaller goals so that you can see your own progress. If you have a goal to lose 25 pounds by June 1st, you can break that goal into bite-size pieces.

An example of that would be:
- Goal One – Join the local diet group and attend weekly meetings
- Goal Two - Find an exercise partner for walking or biking four times per week.
- Goal Three – By following my new diet plan, attending meetings, and exercising four times a week, lose 5 pounds by the end of 30 days.
Other motivational tools can be hypnosis, guided imagery, visualization techniques, affirmations and success quotes, accountability to another person such as a coach, journaling, and the best motivational tool of all – seeing positive gains in those areas of your life that you want to change and grow in!

Goal setting for women is one of those tools that no woman should be without. You can make huge strides in your life by setting well thought-out and defined goals. If you have a setback, don’t worry. Learn from it, adjust your plan and get going again. Think of all you can accomplish by setting goals and productively working towards them. Good luck with your goal setting!

A Digital Vision Board Can Be a Great Tool to Use

Digital Vision BoardThis digital Vision Board is a powerful tool that visualizes your dreams and keeps you inspired to achieve your goals. Include your own dream images, empowering affirmations and power words displaying the future you intend to manifest.

Apply the Law of Attraction and make your dream life come true now!

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Winsome Coutts is the passion behind the new self help authority site, www.4lifeselfhelp.com. She is a lifelong student of personal development, meditation and goal setting. In the pursuit of her own dreams, she has created www.4lifeselfhelp.com as a tool to help others find success and happiness along with resources to live an abundant life.

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